Deep Underwater

Deep Underwater

Written by: Luxbacher, Irene
ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2

“Masterful artwork and nuanced verse invite readers to hold their breath and dive deep.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Sophia bravely dives down to discover the secrets under the sea. She encounters beautiful fish and floating forests. Farther down, the dark water is full of tentacles and treasures. Deep underwater, she is never alone. Do you dare dive down after her?

The ocean is full of endless possibilities in this dreamy, imagistic story from acclaimed author/illustrator Irene Luxbacher. Her otherworldly paintings show colorful fish, rippling seawater and the secrets to be found at the bottom of the ocean. Sophia’s journey will linger with readers long after the return to shore.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

“Masterful artwork and nuanced verse invite readers to hold their breath and dive deep.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Sophia bravely dives down to discover the secrets under the sea. She encounters beautiful fish and floating forests. Farther down, the dark water is full of tentacles and treasures. Deep underwater, she is never alone. Do you dare dive down after her?

The ocean is full of endless possibilities in this dreamy, imagistic story from acclaimed author/illustrator Irene Luxbacher. Her otherworldly paintings show colorful fish, rippling seawater and the secrets to be found at the bottom of the ocean. Sophia’s journey will linger with readers long after the return to shore.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Aug 1, 2018
Specifications pages | 10 in x 10 in

Deep Underwater by Irene Luxbacher

Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award Finalist

Readers ride waves of wonder … Masterful artwork and nuanced verse invite readers to hold their breath and dive deep. Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

… subtle nods to creative inspirations and the enchanting visuals make for an immersive read celebrating the joys of imagination. Booklist

… the adventure creates a sense of quiet wonder and contentment. Publishers Weekly

[Luxbacher's] narration is both succinct and full of rich language, so listeners will have interesting words to ponder while poring over wondrous images… . Mixed media art and collage, digitally composed, produce intense colors and a riot of textures that depict the teeming underwater flora and fauna. School Library Journal

In calm and soothing passages, this water nymph takes readers on an immersive adventure… . There is a lovely tranquility and depth to this ocean story that lies intriguingly below the shimmering surface. Quill & Quire

Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher:

“Outstanding mixed-media collages and a thoughtful text create a distinctive book that rises far above most tributes to grandparental love.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Malaika’s Costume by Nadia L. Hohn:

“Highly saturated folk-art imagery captures the warmth and vibrancy of the islands. Luxbacher’s collage style lends itself to a child's perspective.” Kirkus Reviews

Malaika’s Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn:

"Luxbacher’s stunning mixed-media collage illustrations surround Hohn’s lilting narrative with color, texture, and sensitivity." Booklist

Audience ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2
Reading Levels Lexile AD570L
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6